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“Turkey Go Home!” - a Strong Message From Crimea

Russia is determined to end the decades old Ottoman influence on the peninsula

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The author is a popular blogger in Russia and Ukraine.

Originally appeared at his blog on LJTranslated by Svetlana Kyrzhaly and Rhod Mackenzie

 It’s no secret that Turkey has always been a source of problems in the Crimea, whether it was part of the Ukraine or Russia. Turkey has always considered the Crimea as their territory, only temporarily lost by the Ottoman Empire. Because of that, they have constantly created problems, which strengthened rapidly after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Mejlis of the Crimean-Tatar people and its head Dzhemilev, are Turkish political projects that use parts of the Crimean-Tatar population to cause problems to whoever owns Crimea in the hope of eventually getting it back.

In fact, the Ukraine didn’t officially recognize the situation until the referendum of March 16th, 2014, followed by Kiev’s recognition of the Majlis on March 20th, which was four days after the formal loss of the Crimea.

The events of recent months and especially the last few days are an opportunity for the Russian leadership and the people of Crimea to change everything. What could not be done before the energy blockade of the Crimea, and especially, before the downing of the Russian bomber by Turkey, is likely to now become feasible.

The Crimean leader, Sergei Aksenov, declared the following:

”We call on Crimeans to boycott Turkish goods, and to refrain from trips to Turkey. Not because it is dangerous, but because Turkey’s current behavior is hostile to Russia. Today, we cannot cooperate with Turkish businessmen, I say this openly, and have no doubt that Crimeans will support us.”

In politics it’s important to grasp the moment. If Aksenov had said the same thing a week ago, it would have caused a scandal. Today, nobody criticizes him. And given the blockade of the peninsula by the Majlis and  the hysteria of the Kiev media over the Russian plane downed by the Turks, what Turkey took decades to build up can be destroyed in a month.

By the way, very few people know that before the start of the Crimean blockade in early November, Russian special forces defeated several large cells of the terrorist organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir" on the peninsula. I wonder whether "the father of all the Tatars" Mustafa Cemil and his lieutenants will demand the release of these "political prisoners"?

 The replacement of pro-Turkish Islamic officials by pro-Kremlin individuals in the Crimea went unnoticed by the mass media, as did the start of construction of what is to be the largest mosque on the peninsula in Simferopol, thanks to Kazan, that is Russian Volga Tatars’, not  Turkish money.

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